13. HAVE YOU RELIED ON AN OUTSIDE SOURCE TO GET YOU OUT OF YOUR RUT? (EG. SUPPORT GROUP, COACH ETC.)
I’ve loved Jonathan Field’s book “Uncertainty”, it has a great source of ideas to change the approach to creative work and ultimately to life.
One of the most interesting tips that I found there was to visualize the process: not the finished painting (as artists and creatives, we usually cannot exactly know in advance what will the outcome be), but us doing the work, sitting at the desk, pouring colors, adding layers: this we can visualize, and this is what we need to do in order to go towards our destination.
14. WHAT THOUGHTS GO THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOUR BLOCKED MINDSET LINGERS LONGER THAN YOU’D LIKE?
I feel so sad!! But, as I said before, deep down inside I know that this is only temporary, that it is something normal, just a phase. Maybe I can dedicate some time to other things like promotion and marketing, contacts or documentation of previous works in the meanwhile: this way I feel I’m doing something useful anyway.
15. IF YOU TAKE A SELF-ESTEEM HIT OR IF YOU BECOME NEGATIVE HOW DO YOU COMBAT THAT?
I usually go back to those moments when I felt particularly fulfilled and I think about the people who support my art:
Why do they want to surround themselves with it?
What do they feel when they look at it?
Do I want to give them more of what made them feel that way?
I get comfort in knowing that my work has a meaning for other people and it can somehow – even if just a little – change their lives. This is something hugely important to me, and I want to go on working for them.
16. CAN YOU PREDICT WHEN YOU’RE ABOUT TO GO THROUGH A PERIOD OF BEING UNINSPIRED?
Not really, but I’ve noticed it’s more likely to happen when I have too many projects in mind all at once: I need to really pause all others in order to completely focus on the current one.
17. THINK BACK ON PAST MOMENTS WHEN YOU FELT STUCK. ARE THERE ANY COMMON THREADS?
Yes, I’m usually putting too much pressure on myself or I have too many different commitments altogether. It can also be that I’m currently absorbed with something personal: in this case, sometimes I have to fix that personal issue before, in order to go back to work later and give 100%, other timescreative work can actually be a huge ally towards my well-being.
18. WHAT DO YOU FOCUS YOUR ENERGY ON WHEN YOU’RE FEELING STUCK?
I focus mostly on the feelings that are important to me in that period, the feelings that I want to express and to evoke. And on the physical tensions and sensations connected with them.